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Examine each of the following poems: “Epitaph” by Katherine Philips, “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal” by William Wordsworth, “Death Be Not Proud” by John Donne, and “My Number” by Billy Collins.

1) Select examples from the poems that demonstrate each of the following: controlling image, irony, and paradox. Then explain how the author uses the device to enhance meaning.

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Assignment: Poetry (35 Points) Instructions: Complete the following worksheet. Keep in mind that your instructor will be evaluating both the quality of the content in your responses and the quality of the writing that communicates these ideas. Be mindful of the basic principles of spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Poetic Devices Examine each of the following poems: “Epitaph” by Katherine Philips, “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal” by William Wordsworth, “Death Be Not Proud” by John Donne, and “My Number” by Billy Collins. 1) Select examples from the poems that demonstrate each of the following: controlling image, irony, and paradox. Then explain how the author uses the device to enhance meaning. Device Controlling Image Poem Text Evidence Irony Paradox © K12 Inc. How It Enhances Meaning 2) Select text from the poems that demonstrates each of the following figurative language devices: metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, understatement, and sarcasm. Then explain how the author uses the device to create meaning. Device Metaphor Poem Text Evidence Simile Personification Hyperbole Understatement Sarcasm © K12 Inc. How It Creates Meaning Short Answer 3) Examine your tables of poetic devices. How does each author use them to elicit reader emotions? 4) Why is poetry an appropriate genre to discuss love and death? Poetry is an accepted way to project a wide range of emotions even in a single piece. It's also a way to involve a reader in all the senses they possess. © K12 Inc. Finding Theme 5) Choose one of the poems. Write a paragraph about using the following strategy to find the theme. a. Examine the title and “look” of the stanzas and lines. b. Read the poem multiple times. c. Visualize the images. d. Find meaning in the language. e. Make a personal connection. f. Ask yourself what message is the poet trying to send. Short Answer 6) Compare the theme of the poem to the theme of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. How are the themes shaped by the genres? © K12 Inc. Write a Poem 7) Write a three-stanza poem that includes at least five poetic devices. Make a list of the poetic devices used below the poem. © K12 Inc.
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Poetic Devices
Examine each of the following poems: “Epitaph” by Katherine Philips, “A Slumber Did My
Spirit Seal” by William Wordsworth, “Death Be Not Proud” by John Donne, and “My Number”
by Billy Collins.
1)

Select examples from the poems that demonstrate each of the following:
controlling image, irony, and paradox. Then explain how the author uses the
device to enhance meaning.

Device

Poem

Text Evidence

How It Enhances Meaning

Controlling Epitaph A Son, a son is born at last.
by
Image
Katherine
Philip

The speaker is discussing about her
only son, which died at a tender age
of six weeks old. This poem is
dedicated to the loss of her son.

Irony

At first the writer tells death not to
be proud. He then narrates death to
poor and in the same time it kills.
Therefore, there is irony in the
statement.
Paradox which is at times known as
contraction is well established in the
poetry. The poet is offering
contradiction on matters relating to
death

Paradox

Death Be Die not, poor Death, nor yet can
Not Proud thou kill me.
by
John
Donne
Death Be People don’t really die when they
Not Proud meet Death – and neither will the
by
speaker
J...


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